Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits / Edition 1

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits / Edition 1

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by Leslie R. Crutchfield, Heather McLeod Grant
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0787986127

ISBN-13: 9780787986124

Pub. Date: 10/19/2007

Publisher: Wiley

What makes great nonprofits great? Not large budgets. Not snazzy marketing. Not perfect management. The answer is not what you might think.

Great nonprofits spend as much time working with institutions outside their four walls as they do managing their internal operations. They use the power of leverage to become greater forces for good. This landmark book

Overview

What makes great nonprofits great? Not large budgets. Not snazzy marketing. Not perfect management. The answer is not what you might think.

Great nonprofits spend as much time working with institutions outside their four walls as they do managing their internal operations. They use the power of leverage to become greater forces for good. This landmark book reveals the six powerful practices of twelve high-impact nonprofits and tells their compelling stories.

Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant spent four years surveying thousands of nonprofit leaders, conducting hundreds of interviews, and studying in-depth a dozen high-impact organizations to uncover their secrets to success. Their quest took them from the well-known, Habitat for Humanity; to the less well-known, YouthBuild USA; and to the unexpected, the Exploratorium. What the authors discovered surprised them.

How did seeing a pile of McDonald's trash lead Environmental Defense's president to join forces with business instead of treating it as the enemy? Why did a school bus driver prompt Self-Help Credit Union to move from serving low-income groups in North Carolina, to launching a national advocacy campaign against predatory lenders? And how did Teach For America turn the teachers it places in underserved public schools into a national vanguard for education reform?

At a time when the social sector has grown to more than $1 trillion, understanding what leads to impact is essential. Whether you're a nonprofit leader, philanthropist, business executive, board member, volunteer, or simply interested in changing the world, this book will inspire you to be a stronger force for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787986124
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/19/2007
Series:
J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series, #36
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

The Authors xvii

Introduction 1

1 Forces for Good 11

2 Advocate and Serve 30

3 Make Markets Work 55

4 Inspire Evangelists 81

5 Nurture Nonprofit Networks 104

6 Master the Art of Adaptation 128

7 Share Leadership 153

8 Sustaining Impact 179

9 Putting It into Practice 207

Appendix A: Research Methodology 225

Appendix B: Field Experts 237

Appendix C: Case Study Research

Guidelines and Questions 241

Appendix D: Key Stakeholders Interview List 245

Appendix E: Organization Profiles 253

Endnotes 285

Additional Resources 295

Index 303

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Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The method used to select charities to study both made the results too narrow for general use and also assumed a definition of 'effectiveness' that had more to do with changing government policies than with impacting people's lives: no non-American charities, no charities founded before 1964 or after 1994, no church-related charities, only charities with national impact, and then the 'best' were chosen not by an objective criteria but by popularity among charity leaders. Rather than finding and analyzing the most effective charities at helping people, the book analyzes those who've gained the most noteriety for affecting policies. Within that scope, the book's conclusions seem solid, but that scope does not apply to the majority of charitable work. And the assumption that the greatest 'results' come from policy changes runs counter to much more thorough and objective research from people like William Easterly, a long-time World Bank economist who demonstrated in 'The White Man's Burden' that top-down change through governments is most often counter productive. The charities that change lives most effectively are those who follow nearly the opposite objectives of the kind selected for study in this book. And whether one agrees with Easterly or not, at least his work is based on hard data and not just surveys and interviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers insight into great nonprofits and is a good read, too. If you liked Good to Great by Jim Collins, you'll like Forces for Good.